Todd Howard On An Elder Scrolls TV Show: “I’ll Probably Say No”


Posted on April 13, 2024 by Nick Moreno

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The current climate for Fallout is in good shape over the past few days. For those that somehow missed this event: the Prime Video television series for the popular Bethesda franchise just released its entire first season. And, it’s really good. Already, there is chatter for a second season with Amazon receiving a $25 tax credit from the State of California ahead of the show’s debut.

Additionally, there is also a surge in select Fallout titles. Most recent release – Fallout New Vegas, Fallout 4, Fallout 76 – all welcome an influx of excited users following the show’s release this week. What’s more, the show is performing impressively well too. Amazon has chimed in to share that Fallout is #1 worldwide on Prime Video in just less than a week of release.

But as for additional Bethesda properties facing the same treatment, it does not appear likely. With prior reports claiming to be the case, it’s not according to Todd Howard. Speaking to IGN at the premier for the show in Los Angeles, he confirms there is no effort for an Elder Scrolls TV series. “Everybody asks, like, about Elder Scrolls, and I keep saying no also. And I would approach those – I’ll probably say no.”

“You never know if someone’s gunna click,” Howard added. When pressed on the spectrum of Bethesda properties, he told “I don’t know. There’s nothing in the works.” But, he did elaborate that the events that led to Fallout being made was a natural turn of events. “I can’t predict the future, but this has been one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve ever done, and we’re just kind of over the moon, everybody in the studio with seeing it this way.”

He says: “But I think this really came out of, ‘we think things are aligning to do a high-quality job.’ It wasn’t forced. It was kind of a natural relationship and ‘hey, this sounds really cool.’ As opposed to, ‘we should have a show,’ right? It never came from that.” […] I met Jonah – Jonathan Nolan – and I love his work: The Dark Knight, Interstellar, Person of Interest, and then Westworld, and he and I kind of hit it off.

“And I felt like, ‘hey, do you wanna do this? I’d like to approach it like it’s another entry in the games.’ Like, let’s do a new location, new story, let him and his crazy lunatic people he works with kind of do what they do, and we’re really happy with how it turned out.” Are you surprised by Howard’s comment on more Bethesda projects?

Source: IGN

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